The application process to certify electronic logging devices (ELDs) for use in Canada is scheduled to open this month as test procedures are finalized, Transport Canada has announced.
Hardware, software, and apps alike will need to be tested by a certification body accredited by Canada’s Transport Minister – unlike the U.S., where suppliers can self-certify their devices.
It all comes as Canada prepares to mandate ELDs for federally regulated carriers beginning in June 2021. Provinces and territories are expected to follow suit.
Transport Canada will leave the actual certification to the Standards Council of Canada, which will have its actions guided by a new ELD Certification Stakeholder Advisory Committee. (Those who want to join it have been invited to email email@example.com).
“We will try to make a decision within a month of receiving your application package. Once a decision is made, we will send you a notification,” Transport Canada says on a related website. “Accreditation is valid for five years, unless it’s suspended or cancelled.”
The step-by-step certification process has been developed by Transport Canada and the National Research Council, requiring simulations and bench-top and in-vehicle tests. Each device will need to have at least 25% of the test procedures completed per year, with none of the tests repeated over a four-year cycle.
“These test procedures will help to make sure tests are comprehensive and consistent, regardless of who is doing them. We will make the test procedures available once the application phase starts,” Transport Canada adds.
Certified software will be identified with a unique certification number. Transport Canada is to be informed of any changes to certification status within seven days
A Message from Mike Millian, President of Private Motor Truck Council of Canada:
“On March 13, in an email to industry stakeholders, Transport Canada announced the finalized testing procedures for certifying ELDs. The finalizing of testing procedures by the SCC and Transport Canada is another positive step in the right direction and brings us one step closer to seeing third party certified ELD devices on the market. While we are still likely three months or so away from seeing any certified devices on the market, it is still a positive step. The finalization of these procedures involved a lot of work and cooperation between TC, SCC and all industry stakeholders. The PMTC congratulates all involved in reaching this step and are hopeful that the process of certifying an independent testing body will be able to begin shortly and proceed to the next step with minimal delays, as the deadline for the industry to meet the federal ELD mandate of June 12, 2021, is quickly approaching.”
For more information on Canada’s certification requirement for ELDs, visit https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/road/accreditation-certification-bodies-certification-electronic-logging-devices.html.